Jacob Oulanyah overwhelmingly elected speaker of eleventh parliament

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The Omoro County MP Jacob Oulanyah has been elected Speaker of the Eleventh Parliament. The election of the Speaker of Parliament was presided over by the Chief Justice of Uganda, Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo.

The lengthy voting exercise taking place at Kololo Independence ground was attended by President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni and a section of officials from the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party Secretariat.

Justice Owiny-Dollo then declared the Jacob Lokori Oulanyah as speaker of the 1th Parliament.

The President as required by the constitution then handed over the instruments of power to the newly elected speaker. Those included the mace as symbol of authority under the commonwealth and the Uganda Court of Arms.

That happened shortly after Oulanyah had take oath  for speaker of Parliament.

The election during the first sitting of the Eleventh Parliament comes a few days after newly elected Members of Parliament took oath.

Article 82 of the Constitution provides that the Speaker and Deputy Speaker shall be elected by Members of Parliament from their number and a person shall not be qualified to be elected Speaker or Deputy Speaker if he or she is a Vice President or a Minister.

“No business shall be transacted in Parliament other than an election to the office of Speaker at any time that the office of the Speaker is vacant. The Chief Justice or a Judge designated by the Chief Justice shall preside at an election of a Speaker, and the Speaker shall preside at an election of the Deputy Speaker,” the Constitution further reads.

This same procedure is laid down under Rule 5 of the Parliament Rules of Procedure. 

Oulanyah was on Sunday declared as the ruling NRM party flag bearer in the Speaker race by the party top organ- the Central Executive Committee (CEC) sitting at State House Entebbe. This position by CEC was further endorsed by the NRM Parliamentary caucus.

Kadaga could later walk out of State House Entebbe and address a press conference at Hotel Africana, Kampala where she noted that she would run as an independent candidate.

She told journalists that the major reason she was denied support by her party is that she has been speaking about issues affecting ordinary people. She said that by ejecting her, the position of women in the constitution has been eliminated. 

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